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The Trouble With Transvaginal Mesh - August 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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ties that don't have sufficient inventory to accommodate the volumes they're striving for. The answer isn't to push people to move faster; the answer is to make sure you have enough inventory to meet your demands. Why not certify? All in all, reprocessing personnel do a remarkable job, but it seems that all we ever hear about are the few instruments that have fallen through the cracks. When you hear about a contaminated instrument in the news, it was probably one of thousands that were processed that day by that facility. And across the country, for every one that fails, there are millions that don't fail. If you're looking at a Six Sigma defect-free rate as the ultimate goal, for the most part that's what we're reaching. Still, I think we should require central sterile processing personnel to be certified. I'm from one of the very few states (New Jersey) that requires it. I also participate in the AORN Legal & Governmental Affairs Workgroup, which is fighting for certification to be required in all states. I'm encouraged that even in states where certification isn't required by law, more and more hospitals are requiring it. There's an increased awareness that people who are doing that job need to be trained professionals in sterilization and disinfection practices, and they need to be recognized as such. Certification validates it, and certi- fied personnel are our best bet when it comes to reprocessing increas- ingly complex instruments. OSM A U G U S T 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 7 5 Ms. Horvath (ghorvath@ ecri.org) is a patient safety analyst and consultant for ECRI Institute, a non-profit healthcare research organization in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. By the time that instrument gets down to the sterilization department, the contaminants coating the insides of the channel are likely to be rock hard and almost impossible to remove.

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